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As a curious observer of life, I blog on writing, marketing, my prairie - anything that interests me in the moment. I like to have conversations with readers, so don’t hesitate to leave a comment. I'll respond.

Peppers – vegetable or fruit?

By Carol / 13 August 2014 / 8 Comments

There are NO vegetables. Everything we call a vegetable is actually a fruit. So said the host of the TV show On The Spot this past weekend. What? I’m a farm kid. I grew up…

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Is there serendipity in my geraniums?

By Carol / 19 May 2014 / 4 Comments

My gardens tend toward shade plants with one exception, a pot that sits on the one consistently sunny point of our deck. That pot is planted with geraniums. Always geraniums. They like sun. They’re easy.…

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A tale of two cemeteries

By Carol / 16 May 2014 / 4 Comments

Every grave holds a story. That’s one of the reasons I’m drawn to cemeteries. So many lives. So many stories. Yet we know so little. Only tiny bits of information. Names that may suggest country…

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Lots of tomatoes? Try this salsa!

By Carol / 19 August 2013 / 8 Comments

Zucchini has a bad reputation for producing far more than anyone can eat. Not so much in my garden. For us, the producers are cucumbers and tomatoes. Since I’m bringing in a large colander loaded…

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What seeds have you planted?

By Carol / 20 May 2013 / 8 Comments

Sweeps of purple hyacinths. Multitudes of candy apple red, neon yellow, and peppermint stripped tulips. Majestic blue and white flag irises. A host of golden daffodils. Like magic, every spring my garden fills with this…

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How does spring inspire you?

By Carol / 02 October 2012 / 2 Comments

It’s fall and during fall we think of endings. The end of summer. The end of good weather. The end of vacations. So it’s with delight that I attended the launch of a new book…

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Saving up sunshine

By Carol / 25 July 2012 / 4 Comments

Okay, I know it’s hot. Predicted to be 107 degrees today. I know it’s dry. The driest in Iowa since the 1950s. There can hardly be a soul out there who wouldn’t like to see…

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What to do with all those cukes?

By Carol / 06 July 2012 / 6 Comments

Every morning I grab a big colander and head out to bring in whatever the garden has to offer. For the past week or so, I’ve been getting about a half dozen or so cucumbers…

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Is Winter your season of renewal?

By Carol / 25 June 2012 / 2 Comments

We have a special treat today, an interview with Diane Glass and Debra Engle, founders of the Tending Your Inner Garden® workshops. Diane and Debra just published Winter, the first in a series of books…

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My son is a good dad, too!

By Carol / 17 June 2012 / 0 Comments

My son stopped by recently with his oldest daughter. It was a whirlwind visit, but 3-year-old Hannah ensured we did a little bit of everything. We used the swing and slide. We picked peas and…

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